Duterte assures PH ‘can defeat coronavirus’

Marje Pelayo
(L-R) Senator Bong Go and President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang reiterated that the Philippines is more than capable of fighting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“Similar things happened in the past. There’s the Bubonic plague [and] the one in the Middle East before,” the President said.

He stressed that the country is more than ready and the government has enough funds for the implementation of preventive measures in case the number of COVID-19 cases soars further.

“We have the money to combat COVID-19. I assure you we have the money and we can defeat that virus,” the President said with confidence.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo emphasized that there is no reason to panic despite the rise in number of COVID-19 patients and the class suspension in Metro Manila, saying the government has “the appropriate protocols for the containment of this disease.

“The secretary of the Department of Health has assured us all the established measures in tracing, treatment, testing. [They assured the arrival of] testing devices,” Panelo said.

Meanwhile, Malacañang is still contemplating on whether or not to disclose the history of the patients’ travel history in and out of the country in connection with the existing Data Privacy Law. MNP (with inputs from Rosalie Coz)

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